By Mary Kate Lau
Digital Communications Intern
On a night where the team promised Buffalo hunting in Tempe, Sun Devil football delivered with a blowout win, 54-13, against Pac-12 opponent Colorado on Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium.
The Sun Devils are now 2-0 in the Pac-12 South and undefeated with a perfect 4-0 record at home this season.
ASU set the tone on their first drive of the game as quarterback Taylor Kelly threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaelen Strong on just the fifth play of the game.
They scored on their next drive as well on an eight-yard Marion Grice touchdown run, his 14th score of the season, and added a two-point conversion on a Mike Bercovici-to-Strong pass to stretch their early lead, 15-0.
The offensive explosion continued throughout the first half as the Devils scored on every drive of the first quarter. In total, they racked up a season-high 29 first downs, including 18 rushing, and punted just twice in the game.
The monster stats looked like this:
The Devils scored six touchdowns and kicked three field goals en route to amassing 532 yards. They put the ball on the ground for 276 rushing yards and through the air for 256 receiving yards, and totaled 187 yards in the first quarter alone.
Defensive end Davon Coleman accounted for eight points in the second quarter as he reeled in a one-yard touchdown catch, the first of his career, and three drives later he teamed up with Devil backer Carl Bradford for the Devils’ first safety since Nov. 3, 2012. Kicker Zane Gonzalez also added a pair of field goals in the quarter, including a career-long 41-yarder.
ASU finished plus-four on takeaways as defensive backs Lloyd Carrington, Robert Nelson and Damarious Randall each notched an interception, and freshman linebacker Vilami Latu added a fumble recovery. Linebacker Chris Young, Bradford and Coleman each recorded sacks, and Young tied for the team high in tackles with seven…all of which he recorded in the first quarter. Linebacker Salamo Fiso and cornerback Rashad Wadood also added seven tackles in the game.
The Devils put pressure on Colorado quarterbacks Connor Wood and Sefo Liufau, and kept the Buffaloes at bay and pinned far in their own territory for much of the game. A 10-yard touchdown pass from Liufau to Nelson Spruce at the beginning of the second quarter and a Christian Powell eight-yard touchdown run early in the fourth were the only points of the game for Colorado.
Head coach Todd Graham gave Kelly the second half off, and backup quarterback Mike Bercovici took advantage of the significant snaps as he led a touchdown drive and also commanded the team down to the end zone once more, but the Devils took a knee to end the game.
ASU’s next opponent is nationally ranked Washington at home next Saturday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium. Tickets are available here.